March 15, 2024

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Gonzaga Basketball: Depth Concerns Remain Late into 2023 Offseason

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Gonzaga Basketball: Depth Concerns Remain Late into 2023 Offseason

One team that could be viewed as having a “successful” offseason via the transfer portal is During a three-week period, the Gonzaga basketball team acquired the starting point guard for Creighton, Ryan Nembhard, the former Big Sky Player of the Year, Steele Venters, and Graham Ike, a Wyoming transfer center who averaged nearly 20 points per game in his last full season but missed all of the previous one due to injury.

However, despite their achievements, the Bulldogs still have a number of roster spots open. A few left through the transfer portal, and some were taken in the top 35 of the NBA Draft, including Julian Strawther. The most recent departure was unexpected because forward Alex Toohey, a four-star prospect, chose to go back to Australia and play there.

There are still 10 scholarship players on the roster. However, the proportion of those who are both healthy and proven is even lower. Ike is recovering from an injury, and backup big man Kaden Perry has only played in eight games over the past two years because of back problems. Both are anticipated to be ready for action by the following season. Additionally, there is incoming international wing Jun Seok Yeo, redshirt freshman forward Braden Huff, and top-50 guard prospect Dusty Stromer.

While this roster is talented, there are more unanswered questions than ever during the Mark Few era. It will be interesting to see how they fill out the bench, which currently has the least amount of proven experience in recent Gonzaga history, since the starting lineup is essentially set. It is impossible to doubt a team that has qualified for the NCAA Tournament for more than 20 years in a row, but it will be interesting to see how it develops from this point forward.


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